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Wisconsin Vet School Sees Increased Grant Support

Despite scarcer funds, the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine reports earning more research grant money.


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Dr. Lucas Rodrigues, a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine, replaces the culture medium in which canine osteosarcoma cells are grown in the lab with new, clean material.

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The University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine recently reported that its grant support grew by almost 14 percent, from $18.5 million to $21 million, from 2012-2013 to 2013-2014. Grant support has increased 54 percent since 2011-2012, when the school brought in $13.6 million, according to the school.

“The talent, dedication and tireless efforts of our faculty, staff and students have led us to excel in a trying time for research funding,” said Dean Mark Markel, DVM, Ph.D. “The recent federal government shutdown, sequestration and budget cuts have made funding harder to come by. That we have been able to not only thrive but also improve in this context underscores the quality of our work. This is an incredible accomplishment.”

The school noted that it continues to earn significant support from donors as well. When gifts are factored in with grants, total extramural funding grew 11 percent from 2012-2013 to 2013-2014, from $21.8 million to $24.2 million, and by 46 percent since 2011-2012 when the school’s total was $16.6 million.

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